Mississippi Rebels (1-0) at Vanderbilt Commodores (0-1)
|Date & Time||Saturday September 6, 2014, 4:30 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Vanderbilt Commodores +20 -- Over/Under:
The Vanderbilt Commodores and the Ole Miss Rebels face off on Saturday in Nashville in a week two SEC college football matchup.
The Vanderbilt Commodores know this would be a rebuilding year but I don’t think anyone ever expected the one sided blowout loss they took on opening night a the hands of Temple. Vandy’s offense mustered just 278 yards and seven points as they were crushed by the Owls 37-7. Vanderbilt had no answers at QB as Stephen Rivers completed less than half of his passes for 186 yards, Patton Robinette threw for just 38 yards, and Johnny McCrary threw three passes with zero completions and two interceptions. Ralph Webb led the Vandy ground game with 70 yards and Dallas Rivers had 16 yards as the Commodores were just ineffective. Latevius Rayford had four catches and Jordan Cunningham had three but it was a rough night for the Vanderbilt offense. Defensively it wasn’t much better for Vandy as hey allowed 351 yards and 37 points and they were led by Will Hayes and Tyler Matekevich with six tackles each. Vanderbilt will need to regroup quickly or this season will get away from them in a hurry.
The Ole Miss Rebels put together one of the more impressive performances in week one as they took a close game and blew it open against Boise State pounding the Broncos physically on both sides of the ball. The Ole Miss offense made a few mistakes but still racked up 458 yards and scored 35 points, most of them late in the game after wearing down the Broncos. Bo Wallace completed nearly 70 percent of his passes for 37 yards and four touchdowns but he also threw three interceptions making some questionable decisions. Mark Dodson had a rushing TD and I’Tavius Mathers had the most carries. Laquon Treadwell had seven catches for 107 yards and a touchdown and Cody Core had 110 receiving yards and two touchdowns. Defensively Ole Miss was hitting hard and allowed 399 yards and 13 points while coming up with some big stops. Mike Hilton leads the Ole Miss defense with nine tackles and Senquez Golson and Cody Prewitt each had eight tackles and an interception each. The big question for the Rebels is if they can match the intensity they brought to the Georgia Dome last Thursday.
Vanderbilt is 4-1 against the spread in their last five SEC games, 9-4 against the spread following a loss, and 1-7 against the spread in their last eight home games against a team with a winning road record. Ole Miss is 5-11 against the spread against a team with a losing record, 2-5 against the spread in their last seven SEC games, and 1-4 against the spread in their last five road games against a team with a losing home record. The underdog has covered the point spread in nine of the last 13 meetings of these two.
The total in this one is set at 50.5 and that looks a shade to the high side with two SEC defenses and two offenses that make plenty of mistakes so my free pick is on the under. My stronger play is on who will cover the spread and I will post that in the Premium Area and on the app.
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